ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈme-nə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) , -ˈmē- How to pronounce amenity (audio) \
plural amenities

Definition of amenity

1 : something that helps to provide comfort, convenience, or enjoyment hotels with modern amenities providing residents with the basic amenities
2 usually amenities : something (such as a conventional social gesture) that promotes smoothness or pleasantness in social relationships maintaining social amenities
3a : the quality of being pleasant or agreeable
b(1) : the attractiveness and value of real estate or of a residential structure
(2) : a feature conducive to such attractiveness and value

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Examples of amenity in a Sentence

The hotel has every amenity you could want. an unhappy, bickering couple who, at least in public, observe all the amenities of polite behavior

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Along with a doggy bed, menu and food and water bowls in the room, their pet amenity program includes free valet parking and the hotel's $150 per visit pet fee. Tatia Woldt, Dallas News, "Dog About Town: Taking your pooch to a play and more things to do," 5 July 2019 From providing doctors on site to therapeutic childcare for parents, those who work in the area on a regular basis know what basic amenities can mean to those who have lost everything, Vargas believes. Linda Velasquez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Linda’s report: Father Joe’s celebrates July 4th with a barbeque for homeless," 5 July 2019 The city has routinely allowed developers to pay extra or build public amenities in order to add height to projects. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Scottsdale delays vote over contentious $3 million condo deal. Here's why," 2 July 2019 The new generation of parks would be open to the air, with wide concourses, retro features and 21st-century amenities. Joe Sheehan,, "Rays' Outrageous Montreal Plan Only Exists to Get New Stadiums Built—Again," 2 July 2019 The idea is to offer amenities at Hyatt House for longer-stay business travelers and at Hyatt Place for leisure travelers. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Eight-story Hyatt hotel planned for downtown Louisville," 2 July 2019 The development includes a dog park and pet wash, bike storage and other amenities. Madison Iszler,, "Developer breaks ground on 323-unit complex along San Pedro Creek," 1 July 2019 Competition on price is limited, and instead is concentrated in services or other amenities. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Student debt issue needs more study," 30 June 2019 Aside from views of Biscayne Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, much of Miami and points west, the Aston Martin project will include 42,275 square feet of sky amenities encompassing four floors connected by a glass staircase. David Lyons,, "Aston Martin’s high rise in Miami will be the tallest residential building south of New York," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of amenity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for amenity

Middle English amenite, from Latin amoenitat-, amoenitas, from amoenus pleasant

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The first known use of amenity was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of amenity

: something that makes life easier or more pleasant


ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈmen-ə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) , -ˈmē-\
plural amenities

Kids Definition of amenity

1 : the quality or characteristic of being pleasant or agreeable
2 amenities plural : something that makes life easier or more pleasant Our hotel has many amenities.

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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